The unveiling of Habtoor Tower, the largest residential structure in the world with ultra-luxurious living amenities, was announced by Dubai’s Al Habtoor Group.
It will be constructed at a prime site on Sheikh Zayed Road, on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal, overlooking the Burj Khalifa in the Business Bay neighbourhood, and close to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), making it one of the largest and most innovative sustainable iconic structures in the entire world.
Al Habtoor City, which was established formally in 2016, will house the tower.
The skyscraper will be constructed with cutting-edge, inventive, and selected construction methods, according to Al Habtoor Group, drawing on decades of knowledge gained from the Burj Al Arab, Terminals 1 and 3 of the Dubai International Airport, the Abu Dhabi Officers’ Club, and numerous other projects.
Khalaf Al Habtoor, founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group, said: “As a former builder/contractor, I am excited to be driving the first piles of the project into the ground and revealing some of the novel technical details of the construction techniques used in the Habtoor Tower, and very proud that it will be delivered at the highest quality in record time.”
The Habtoor Tower, a multi-billion-dirham construction, will feature 1,701 keys spread throughout 3,517,313 square feet of built-up space and 81 storeys (G+7+73) above ground. Within 36 months, it is expected to be finished.
Revealing some of the pioneering construction methods used, Al Habtoor said: “This tower is unique in every aspect and can be considered a learning curve for all contractors in the region. We have challenged engineers and architects to deliver what we do best in Dubai and the UAE; an architectural masterpiece!”
He said the techniques used in the construction process: “We will be driving an 80-metre-deep barrette; (Deep Piling Foundation system) coupled with a plunge steel column 15 metres high. This will allow the main contractor to start the superstructure construction immediately while saving six months of construction time.
“This structural system is being applied for the first time in Dubai and was developed by one of the local engineering firms associated with Al Habtoor Group. The system was also validated by a detailed engineering peer review from world-renown experts; Structural San Francisco, Imperial College London and Terrasol Paris.
“We are using the highest steel in the construction industry 600 MPa, for the first time in the UAE, which leads to the lowest usage of steel reinforcement bars, hence the lowest carbon emission.”
Al Habtoor commented further: “As a direct effect of this innovative construction technique, a substantial saving in Co₂ emission has been achieved – less than 50 per cent of traditional buildings’ carbon emissions. Environmental experts are currently assessing our Habtoor Tower, aiming to achieve LEED Platinum Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the highest authority in green building rating systems worldwide.
“This new project befits our country’s vision to always be at the forefront of innovation, responsible development and preserving our world for the next generations,” Al Habtoor concluded.